Possibility of foreign aid from France
Legitimacy in the world community
Captured soldiers treated as POWs not spies or rebels
Independence might unite different areas of the colonies
Stating for the world the ideological basis of this new country
Freedom from subservience to the King
Might lose friends in England who supported cause of colonists in regard to representation in Parliament but not independence
Might cause division within the colonies
If Revolution failed, the and leaders might be tried and executed as traitors.
Colonies were poorly prepared for war
Fighting the largest military power in the world
No weapons nor manufacturing to make them
Dependent on England for elements needed to fight a war.
Chances of winning the war were slim.
Colonists would be cutting themselves off from the biggest, freest empire in the
Sentimental attachment to homeland.